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Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals He 'Is Prepared To Go To Jail' To Settle Conor McGregor Rivalry

Khabib Nurmagomedov Reveals He 'Is Prepared To Go To Jail' To Settle Conor McGregor Rivalry

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has reignited his bitter feud with Conor McGregor by saying their rivalry "will never be finished."

The Russian fighter even admits he is prepared "to go to jail" to settle the long standing beef in a remarkable interview with ESPN.

But the 30-year-old revealed he has no interest in a rematch because he "wants to fight real guys" like Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson and George St-Pierre.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In the interview, Nurmagomedov gives a fascinating insight into how his win against McGregor at UFC 229 was not enough.

"Even [the October fight] did not finish it," Nurmagomedov told ESPN.

"Just smash people is not enough. I talk about just smash only him? It's not enough. We have to smash all his team. This is what I think before the fight. This is what I say to my team. 'Hey, tonight, we're going to war. This is not about fight.'

Khabib then talks about how his rivalry with 'Notorious' will "never be finished."


"It will never be finished. Ever. Even if we see [each other] somewhere, we're going to fight, 100 percent." he said.

"It doesn't matter if someone go to jail or something like this. I'm not scared about this. ... They go to hospital and we go to police. That's it."

McGregor expressed an interest in a potential rematch with Khabib last year but the Russian champion will not agree until the Irishman makes a statement in the octagon.


"This guy [McGregor] have to come back and make nine- or 10-fight win streak. Then we gonna fight," Nurmagomedov said.

"Maybe people who watch this interview, they think, 'Oh, he think about this, but when UFC ask this guy to fight Conor for millions of dollars, this guy is gonna take it.' No. Fight. Come back and show who are you.

"Dana [White], no need to call me. Why he have to call me about this fight? We talk with Dana sometimes, he's a good guy, but don't talk with me about this crazy fight.

"I want to fight real guys -- Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson, maybe if one of the greatest athletes ever, Georges St-Pierre, wants to fight. I want to fight those guys. I don't want to fight with a guy who never wins."


Earlier this month, Khabib Nurmagomedov said Conor McGregor should go to jail after he was caught on camera punching an elderly man in a bar in Dublin.

The incident took place at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin on April 6 and came after a dispute over whiskey, according to widespread reports.

McGregor walked in and lined up drinks for bar patrons but the situation turned extremely sour when the man refused his drink, which prompted the UFC star to throw a punch at his head.


Nurmagomedov reacted to the incident days later, making his strong feelings known on the matter.

"This is a really, really bad thing," the Russian superstar said about the shocking footage which appeared online yesterday.

"Even if the old guy like this guy in the video punches your face 10 times... you can't punch this guy's face. You can't. This is like impossible.

"We have to respect old people, I don't understand. One fan sent me a message, he said 'Hey, you remember when he tried to give you his whiskey, like alcohol, and you don't take this? But why don't he punch you?' But now he goes crazy with old people? I don't understand this.

"People like this have to go to jail," he added.

"(In) my opinion, he has to see a little bit jail, because when something happens and you see jail and you sit a little bit and think about this, OK what I did, why I sit here. He has to think about this.

"I don't want to say nothing to him. I just want to say Ireland's government, where are you guys? Send him location! That's it.

"Today he punches an old guy. What's going to happen tomorrow? Nobody knows this."

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC News, UFC

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some of the biggest names in sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.


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